The election brought about some high-profile casualties, Alex Salmond and Nick Clegg among them. The education secretary, Justine Greening, narrowly held her Putney seat along with schools minister, Nick Gibb. Perhaps the biggest news was that despite winning his seat, Robert Halfron, the apprenticeships and skills minister, was sacked in Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle. MP for Guildford, Anne Milton, was announced as his replacement.
Mr Halfron was admired by some as a strong supporter of apprenticeships but, inevitably, had his critics. We will of course be keeping a close eye on the industry reaction to the news.
Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, said: “We will ask the new minister to involve providers in the earliest stages of the design of the proposed new National Retraining Scheme. The expertise of the AELP members could make a major difference in ensuring the programme gets off to a successful start.”